Interview

Meet J-Smash, the Young South African Hip-Hop DJ & Producer Making Bangers With Your Favorite Artists

We interview the young DJ about working with Emtee, Yanga Chief, A-Reece and many more.

J-Smash recently released a music video for his 2018 single "Never Fall." The song, which features the rapper Emtee, is the second single from the DJ/producer's debut EP Rise of a King. The 18-year-old from the Limpopo province managed to get an impressive lineup of established artists on the project. Alongside Emtee, artists such as Yanga Chief, Big Star, Kimosabe, B3nchMarQ, A-Reece and MarazA all contribute verses and hooks.

J-Smash is a producer and DJ, who is following in the footsteps of a legion of DJs in South Africa and around the world who release music. In his own words: "I'm a mini DJ Khaled."

Below, J-Smash talks to OkayAfrica about how he got into the game, how his EP came together, and the experience of being in studio with Emtee, among other things.

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Note: This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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Watch J-Smash and Emtee’s Music Video for ‘Never Fall’

The visuals for J-Smash and Emtee's 'Never Fall' are here.